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Orders of the Day: Clause 38 — Prohibition on works without consent (29 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I echo the remarks made by my neighbour and right hon. Friend the Member for Penrith and The Border (David Maclean). Our constituencies are very similar in landscape and share a military training area. I can also vouch for how well Defence Estates manages the Otterburn training ranges. They are a first class example of good conservation. The Minister may have an escape route, which he will...

Orders of the Day: Clause 46 — Powers relating to unathorised agricultural activities (29 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I am suspicious of the amendment because it may extend the clause's scope and intention far too widely. My ears pricked up when the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnorshire (Mr. Williams) mentioned unauthorised dog racing. In our part of the world, we have an old activity called hound trailing, which is popular in the Lake district and in my constituency. Indeed, we had an...

Orders of the Day: Schedule 1 — Authorised severance (29 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: In many cases, those common rights have considerable financial value in the sense that, if a farm is sold, the common rights are sometimes sold separately. If the Bill is not amended, it will mean that somebody who paid additionally for those common rights could lose a substantial amount of that value when they came to sell them again.

Orders of the Day: Schedule 1 — Authorised severance (29 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I speak in support of my right hon. Friend the Member for Penrith and The Border (David Maclean). It was said earlier that everyone has a slightly different vision of what a common is. Some see a common as an urban common, while others would think of a large upland common. My right hon. Friend and I share an identical type of common: large upland commons covering tens of thousands of acres....

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departmental Budget (20 Jul 2006)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the total cost has been of providing new stationery for his private office since 5 May 2006; (2) what the total cost of expenses for his private office was in each month since May 2006.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departmental Budget (20 Jul 2006)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what has been the total cost has been of refurbishments to (a) his office and (b) the offices of his members of staff since 5 May.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Ministerial Office and Staff (24 Jul 2006)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2006, Official Report, columns 788-89W, on his ministerial office and staff, how many members of staff have (a) resigned, (b) been made redundant and (c) been dismissed from his private office since May.

Written Answers — Health: Teeth-whitening Treatments (4 Sep 2006)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether her Department has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated research into the safe level of hydrogen peroxide in teeth-whitening treatments; (2) what discussions she has had with interested parties on proposals from the European Commission to raise the safe level of hydrogen peroxide in over-the-counter teeth-whitening treatments from 0.1 per...

Opposition Day — [19th allotted day]: Post Office (16 Oct 2006)

Peter Atkinson: There is a wider issue attached to this problem. In many rural areas, the local village shop depends for its survival on the income from the post office salary. As that declines, the viability of the shop declines. The hon. Lady will be aware that, in many constituencies, village shops are worth less than private houses. There is therefore a temptation to seek to close the shop and to turn it...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Softwood (7 Nov 2006)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his most recent estimate is of the availability of UK sourced softwood; (2) what assessment he has made of forecasts of available supplies of UK sourced softwood for power generation; and if he will make a statement.

Orders of the Day: Treasury and Work and Pensions (27 Nov 2006)

Peter Atkinson: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It may help the Chancellor to know that the figures have arrived in the hands of the hon. Member for Ipswich (Chris Mole). Is it in order for them to be passed from him to the hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Kevin Brennan) who is sitting behind the Chancellor and who is a Whip and acting as an unpaid Parliamentary Private Secretary tonight, and then...

Opposition Day — [1(st) Allotted Day]: Transport Strategy (5 Dec 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I take it that the hon. Gentleman has carefully read the Eddington report. He might have touched on the section about bus services and deregulation, where Sir Rod notes that there has been a 50 per cent. decrease in operating costs and "considerable innovation in the bus market following deregulation, including improvements in bus fleet, variable bus sizes, out-sourcing of maintenance, smart...

Opposition Day — [1(st) Allotted Day]: Transport Strategy (5 Dec 2006)

Peter Atkinson: The hon. Member for Reading, West (Martin Salter) is a Jekyll and Hyde character. He began with a 10-minute rant against the Tory party, before changing tack and providing a shopping list of six major schemes in the Thames valley that he wants the Government to fund. He finished with another rant, making an intemperate attack on my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, East (Mr. Wilson). His...

Opposition Day — [1(st) Allotted Day]: Transport Strategy (5 Dec 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I agree. The hon. Member for Reading, West is a curious combination. He is an enthusiastic angler who likes catching fish, but he voted to ban hunting, which is a difficult piece of moral gymnastics.

Opposition Day — [1(st) Allotted Day]: Transport Strategy (5 Dec 2006)

Peter Atkinson: With respect to the Chair, who may not wish us to continue to debate the subject, may I tell the hon. Gentleman that I, too, am a keen fisherman, but I support hunting? It is a pity that the Secretary of State did not deal more fully with the Eddington report, which is an indictment of Government inaction over the past nine and a half years. It applies just as much to 2000 as to 2007, because...

Written Answers — Health: NHS Dentistry (5 Dec 2006)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate was made of the likely income from NHS dental charges in Northumberland for 2006-07; and how much income has been received to date.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Softwood (11 Dec 2006)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will meet representatives from the wood panel industry to discuss the lower forecasts of softwood availability.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Timber (13 Dec 2006)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet representatives from the wood panel industry to discuss forecasts of softwood availability.

Orders of the Day: Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill (18 Dec 2006)

Peter Atkinson: What happens if the director-general of the BBC is right, and switchover costs the BBC more than the £600 million that has been ring-fenced?

Orders of the Day: Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill (18 Dec 2006)

Peter Atkinson: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Selby (Mr. Grogan) and I agree with much of what he said, particularly on the BBC and its licence fee problem. I must, however, disagree with his comment that 20,000 people are tonight watching our debate on the parliamentary channel; I cannot believe that, and I think that he probably meant to say about 200. The thought that 20,000 people might...


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